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Patterson Dressed in Whites...

Saturday Dec 22, 2012
Participants:
Kayak: John A Ryan M
Organizer: Ryan
Difficulty: advanced WW
Level: low boatable
Gauge (cfs): 150
Author: Ryan

Yup - it's been a while since I've posted a Patterson report. We'll I couldn't let 2012 go by with out at least a single run in the slice of whitewater goodness. Time was running out but a little bit of liquid precip ontop of snow is always is a shot in the arm for the boating community.

Johnny A was game and I was on a mission - off we went for a run on Patterson.....Hell or Low Water.

I have to be honest - I don't think I've run Patterson this low and those of you that know me, know I'll run pretty much anything that has flow enough to bumble over the cobbles. This was REALLY LOW. That said though - once we got into the gorge the lines were there and it was fluid through the final constriction. So I think the bar has been raised (or lowered) on how low you can scrape down the run if you are really jonesin for a run.

John and I had a decent run - his first ever on Patterson. We kept warm from the extra exertion of making it through the low water thin sections. Even with the low water conditions, it was beautiful and as always a magical place for a float. The replacement of the mossy green scenery with fluffy white was a nice change and amazing to whitness.

As always - if you haven't had a chance to check out the Headwaters of the White river....otherwise known to boaters as Patterson.

Hope to get at least one more day on the books for 2012....

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